NXTchicago put its inaugural fall season in the books this past weekend and is now on holiday break until January 18th when they start their winter season. It has been an amazing first season as the boys have grown together on and off the field.
NXTchicago’s U-11 team is a squad often referred to as a “pack of wild animals.” They are all attached at the hip and “roll deep.” For each of their games -- they came, they saw, and they conquered; and also ate a ton of snacks in the process. This group of players has come a long ways from their practice on the dusty playing fields in Park Ridge this summer. The coaching staff has high hopes for this group as they continue to gel and develop their skills and lacrosse IQ. When talking with Coach Peoples he made the following comment “This group of players did not always take the easiest road, but they were an extremely fun group to work with and there is no ceiling for this group as they advance in lacrosse.”
The U-15 in Chicago may be one of the most talented groups of players who walk into The Dome on Sunday nights. Coach Pfeffer stated “We have 7 or 8 players who will without a doubt play college ball in some capacity.” The biggest challenge for this group is to merge their talent together and become a great team. Coach Ambler talks about the struggles he had while coaching at Princeton University where they would bring in a talented group of freshmen every year and how they each had to acclimate themselves to play great “team” lacrosse. This fine group of players will dial it in this winter and will enjoy a dominating summer of lacrosse. Keep an eye out for this group!
The big boys of NXTchicago have done a great job jelling as a team. The players are very proud of the logo on their helmets as many come from rival high schools, but they keep it friendly when sharing the same NXTchicago jerseys. They definitely show their competitive nature at every game as well as all of their practices. They live by the motto of leaving it all on the field! This group has started their showcase tournament journey as they traveled to Detroit for the Can-Am Showcase and will head to MVP Midwest and Philly this summer where they will continue to play some great competition. The biggest area for development for this group is pushing the tempo of play throughout the game. We talk a great deal about playing fast lacrosse but there is a fine line of fast lacrosse versus rushed lacrosse. This will be one of the areas the boys will work on during the upcoming winter season. Also, it will be fun to watch the players match up against one another during their regular high school season this coming spring.
We at NXTchicago wish everyone a happy holiday season and encourage everyone to continue working on their stick skills. Remember -- it is never too cold for a little wall ball session. Enjoy the holidays!